Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, your Plano Public Library offers monthly conversational workshops to explore and conserve memories.

Memory Keepers

Memory Keepers is for those experiencing early stage dementia and a family member or care partner to share memories through guided prompts in a relaxing space. Memory Keepers meets twice a month. every 2nd and 4th Monday from 10-11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Register here.

Each month has a different theme, and attendees are encouraged to bring personal items (photographs, letters, knickknacks) that go along with the theme. We provide questions and images that go with the theme, but their personal items may elicit a stronger response from their loved one.

The idea behind Memory Keepers is that the people can talk about the topic, and the care partner can write down what is said, essentially capturing the memory. You can also use recording apps or devices to capture the story as spoken.

The spring 2020 dates and themes are:
DateTopics
February 8Romance/First Loves
February 22Friends and Pets
March 8Seasons
March 22 Music
April 12Home
April 26School
May 10Art
May 24Meals
June 14Travel
June 28Holidays
July 7 History/Events

If you’re interested in attending Memory Keepers, call 800-272-3900 or click this link to sign up.


Alzheimer’s Association Workshop

If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association has a many upcoming virtual events this February. Their helpline is available 24/7 800.272.3900.


Memory Cafe with the Wellness Center

The Wellness Center at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center in Plano hosts a Memory Café targeted at the same audience as Memory Keepers. Its next meeting in February has not yet been set, but its topic is Love and Family. Call Andrew Denham at 972-953-7669 to register and for more information. Memory Café can be attended in person and virtually.


From our collection

The physical Plano Public Library collection has a wealth of scientific titles and memoirs about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including books on the care of a loved one, nutrition for brain health and how to create memories. See our Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia collection in our online catalog to place requests on these titles.

You can also explore our online databases to learn more about memory care and Alzheimer’s disease. You will need your library card to access these resources:

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